As we creep into February, I’ve started to notice some slippage in my new year’s resolutions. We are all guilty of it. The new year provides an opportunity for self reinvention and gives us the impetus to set new habits. But our goals quickly fade, buried under our day-to-day tasks, forgotten.
But it doesn’t have to stay that way. I would like to remind everyone that it’s never to late to set a new year’s resolution and never to late to keep to one.
Here are 5 suggestions to help you succeed in San Juan del Sur in 2014.
1. Lend a helping hand
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we encourage you to volunteer or make a financial contribution this year. The magnitude of need is bottomless and the rewards are immeasurable. In past articles we’ve highlighted worthy non-profits that need volunteers and financial support. We’ve also laid out reasons to volunteer.
Make it your mission to connect with and support a non-profit, a school, a church or a service organization this year.
2. Plan ahead
One of Nicaragua’s most desirable characteristics is its laid back, live-in-the-moment lifestyle. However when it comes to vacation rentals, planning ahead can offer significant savings for visitors (and rental income for owners) if you are aware of the calendar.
While everyone expects occupancy rates and rental prices to jump between Christmas and New Years, many foreigners are not aware of the Nicaraguan Holiday Calendar. If you are a homeowner and have the flexibility to travel then we suggest you rent your vacation home for an elevated rate on these dates, and if you are a visitor, you may want to consider avoiding travel to San Juan del Sur.
For 2014 the dates to mark in your calender are: Easter or “Semana Santa” (April 13 -25); Independence Day Weekend or “Fiestas Patrias” (September 12-16) and Christmas/New Year (December 20, 2014 – January 11, 2015).
3. Keep evolving
Don’t be afraid to change your initial plan. If you’re looking to relocate to Nicaragua you’ve probably got an alternate lifestyle in mind – whether it’s working for yourself, working in a trade or at a hobby you’ve always aspired to, or maybe not working at all.
The reality is that Nicaragua is almost always different than we expect, in both good ways and less good ones. Our advice is not to get discouraged, learn the lessons, get excited about the possibilities and continue to reinvent your life in Nicaragua.
4. Stay healthy
There are no shortage of social events in San Juan del Sur. Not a day goes by when live music isn’t available and a sunset cocktail at the beach doesn’t sound like a good idea. But life in Nicaragua isn’t always a holiday. In light of the beautiful natural landscapes and timeless beach vibe, it takes a bit of self discipline to stay fit and maintain a healthy diet.
5. Make the most of your down time
Yes, the power sometimes goes out, the internet can be painfully slow at times and many businesses are closed on Sundays – sometimes starting on Saturday afternoon.
Most of the time you know in advance and can plan accordingly, but there are times when you will be taken by surprise. Don’t let it frustrate you. Just roll with it. Go to the beach (it’s always open), remember there is always something to be grateful for, enjoy the slower paced life and try again “mañana”.